stayed with the same game plan that has served him well during his successful run in Texas' rotation - get ground balls and
watch the Rangers' defense gobble them up.
Feldman pitched into the seventh inning to win his third consecutive start and the Rangers cooled off the
New York Yankees
with a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.
twice, and third baseman
deftly turned an inning-ending double play on
's bases-loaded grounder in the third.
''The play that Michael made was probably the play of the game and I think it really saved us,'' Feldman said. ''Elvis made
a couple of spectacular plays, too, as everybody's sort of getting accustomed to now.
''I do better when I keep the ball on the ground. I'm not like a big strikeout type of pitcher.''
each had two hits for Texas, which leapfrogged New York for the best record in the American League. Andrus is batting .417
(10 for 24) in his last seven road games.
Feldman (5-0) allowed two runs, one earned, and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He is 5-0 with a 2.63 ERA in eight starts since
he joined the rotation in April.
has been great since we put him in the starting rotation,'' Texas manager
said. ''He always does what you need him to do, keep you in the ballgame. He did that tonight very well.''
homered for the second straight day for New York, which had won five of six and 16 of 20.
, who left his previous start with a stiff back, looked shaky in his five-inning outing.
''I was just not good,'' Pettitte said. ''That's all there is to it.''
The Yankees were without first baseman
, scratched with a bruised right ankle. Teixeira was injured when he made a hard slide into Andrus to break up a double play
in New York's 12-3 victory Tuesday night.
C.J. Wilson replaced Feldman with a runner on first in the seventh and got
to ground into a fielder's choice before
took a called third strike to end the inning. Wilson then worked the eighth before
got three outs for his 12th save in 12 opportunities.
Feldman, Wilson and Francisco skillfully adhered to the scouting report on Yankee Stadium, keeping the ball down at New York's
cozy new home.
's fly ball to center for the second out in the ninth was the only putout by a Rangers outfielder.
''We weren't swinging the bats particularly well, but Feldman was good,'' Yankees manager
Posada's drive leading off the seventh was his eighth of the season and No. 91 at the $1.5 billion field. The record for most
homers in the first 25 games at a major league ballpark is 95 at Houston's Enron Field in 2000, according to the Elias Sports
Pettitte (5-2) never looked comfortable on a damp and unseasonably cold night in the Bronx. A steady rain fell on the field
for about two hours but it let up right before the game, delaying the start by 12 minutes before giving way to a chilly, 55-degree
Pettitte uncharacteristically issued leadoff walks in three of the first four innings and finished with a season-high six
in his shortest outing of the year. The 36-year-old lefty walked five in his previous start against Cleveland before leaving
in the sixth with a stiff back.
The Rangers took advantage of Pettitte's control problems to score three times in the first. Kinsler walked and scored on
's one-out single. Murphy followed Cruz's hit with another walk, setting up
's run-scoring fielder's choice.
Texas wasted a chance for an even bigger start when Byrd was thrown out at third trying to advance on
' RBI single, ending the inning.
Pettitte, who said his back was fine, helped the Rangers again in the second. He threw wildly to first on a pickoff attempt,
allowing Andrus to reach second. The 20-year-old speedster stole third and scored on Kinsler's single to make it 4-1.
''I was behind, I couldn't get ahead of anybody,'' Pettitte said. ''It was embarrassing, actually. We're playing too good
for me to go out there and scuffle like that.''
Notes: Yankees RHP Chien-Ming Wang will start Thursday against Texas, pushing LHP CC Sabathia back to Friday night against
Tampa Bay. RHP
will work out of the bullpen for now. ... The Rangers purchased RHP
' contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned reliever
to their top farm club. Texas also moved RHP
(strained right groin) to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Mathis. ... Jeter went 0 for 4, snapping
his season-high 16-game hitting streak.